Eric Knowles oversees the hunt for bargains at Oswestry's Antique and Collectors Fair in Shropshire, with help from experts Charles Hanson and Kate Bliss.
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I am at a top-secret Cold War bunker in rural Cheshire.
It was a vast underground defence complex in the event of nuclear war.
Thankfully, it was never put to use.
I'll be back here later.
But in the meantime, I've got an antiques fair to visit down the road
in Oswestry, so what are we waiting for?
Let's go bargain hunting!
Welcome to the Oswestry Antique and Collectors Fair.
Armed with £300,
our teams have 60 minutes in which to find three items that hopefully
they can sell on at auction for a profit.
Let's have a look what's coming up.
The Reds are in need of refreshment.
-Have a cup of tea.
-And I like plenty, so it's strong.
And the Blues turn into Mad Hatters.
Oh, gosh, take him away!
At auction, the Reds are excitable.
And the Blues are ecstatic.
Well, that's all for later, so let's meet today's teams.
And for the Reds we've got good friends Simon and Trevor.
And for the Blues we've got a married couple in Graham and Jane.
So, welcome and hello.
-So, turning my attention to the Reds,
how long have you gentlemen known each other?
We've known each other 16... 16 long years.
We're good friends,
we were in different barristers' chambers in Birmingham,
but now we're in the same chambers, in fact sharing the same room.
So you're a barrister, Simon.
I mean, it must be something of a stressful job.
It has its moments, yes.
It's a job I love and it's a unique job.
It takes me the length and breadth of the West Midlands and
occasionally beyond to Oxford and to Croydon,
where I was for five months a couple of years ago.
What do you do to relax?
I like to support Norwich City and that helps me relax.
A real football team.
A real football team who needs support so I'm glad to offer mine.
And other than that, read books,
go for walks with the dog and my two young children.
All right. So, Trevor, you've always been a barrister as well?
I have, yeah. I've been a barrister for 16 years now, Eric,
and working in Birmingham.
Anything from theft of a banana, Eric, to murder and terrorism,
and all in between.
-But it doesn't pay.
No, I've always been acquitted on all 18 counts,
so don't worry about that. I've been doing my homework on you, Trevor.
-Tell me about your romantic proposal.
I proposed to my wife in New York.
I had an engagement ring, of course.
Smuggled it out of the country in my favourite pair of Y-fronts,
knowing of course that my wife would never, ever look there.
And then, up at the top of the Empire State Building,
I took out the Y-fronts,
I took out the engagement ring, and I made my proposal there,
and of course, thankfully, she said the yes.
Graham, is it me, but I'm feeling totally inadequate here.
How do I follow that? I've got no chance!
So, back to today,
I realise you're probably both very well rehearsed in the courtroom,
but what do you like when it comes to tactics in an antique fair?
That's a bit more problematic.
We've had a good discussion about this.
-And we decided on a tactic of buying cheap and selling high.
We really think it's the way to approach this show.
That's a fantastic theory.
Well, good luck, Reds.
But turning my attention now to the Blue team.
So, Graham and Jane, how did you two get together?
A love of horses, I think.
It was, without any doubt.
I was a jockey.
And I was a friend of the family who visited the stable yard and met him
-and that was it.
-And that was it.
-Over 35 years ago.
-And three children later.
Right. Graham, you've been working in the horse racing industry.
Well, I started my apprenticeship when I was 16,
and I was six and a half stone in those days,
and I really had to struggle because I was quite tall for a flat jockey.
And I did that till I was 21. But when I was on the flat,
I rode against some of the best jockeys in the country.
Top jockeys, your Lester Piggotts,
your Scobie Breasleys, all the top jockeys.
I've been involved with horses over 50 years, and it's just a way of life.
Jane, I know you share a passion for horses, but you're a hard worker
as well because you've got two businesses to run.
Yes, I have indeed. I have a shop in Oswestry
and a shop in Welshpool, which is not very far away.
we do furniture and beds and lamps and clocks and nice things for the
home. And yes, that's again, if you run your own business,
it's very much a full-time job and you never switch off.
So I can see that you're good at teamwork, you two, after all
these years, but what about your tactics today?
We're going to choose one item each,
and then we'll try not to squabble over the third and allow our expert
to guide us on that one, I think very much so.
-But you know a good piece of furniture, though.
I do know a good piece of furniture if I see it, so yeah,
something beautifully made.
Well, to do the best you can you're going to need some money.
There is £300 for you, Blue team.
Not to be outdone, there you go, Reds.
£300 for the Red team.
So this is where we say goodbye and you go and meet your respective
experts, so on your way.
-So it's the barristers versus the horse lovers,
but who's going to be first past the post?
Our experts today are a couple of veteran bargain hunters.
Hoping to hit the target for the Reds, it's Charles Hansen.
And digging up profit for the Blues, it's Kate Bliss.
-What's our plan, Trevor?
Yes. Bit of interest.
Something to make a profit, something sporty.
-Buy cheap, sell high.
-I like your style.
-I'd like to find something silver.
Something we see that really takes our fancy.
That sounds great.
Teams, you need to be on a roll today.
Your time starts now.
Come on, then. Quality, lads.
-Let's get started.
-Let's do it.
But as their shopping hour starts, the heavens open.
Yeah, let's get inside.
-OK, thank you.
-Let's go left around the corner, I think.
There's loads in here, so let's take our time.
-Go this way first.
There's plenty to see, Kate, but don't take too much time -
that hour soon disappears.
-There we are.
Oh, gosh, take him away!
Once a jockey, always a jockey.
Now stop horsing around.
Where are those Reds?
If you think it's of no use at all, but that lampshade...
The lampshade? Is that really your style?
It's functional - people's conservatories, greenhouses,
hallways, have these kind of lampshades hanging in them and I
think it'll draw people's attention.
You see, my heart doesn't go with it, but I think you've got a point.
There'd be a market there.
-There would be a market.
-And importantly, it's in good condition.
Is it iconic of the age for style?
-I suppose it's space-age.
But I agree, it's not amazing for a lot of reasons,
but it's good for a few reasons, and it might be affordable.
Yeah, exactly. Shall we give them a quick shout?
-Hello, how much is on this, please?
30 on this, but you can have it for £18, sir.
-What if we were to offer you 15?
Just because we are on a very tight budget.
Tight budget? You've got £300!
You've actually secured it at half-price.
-And that's no mean feat.
I like your style, guys.
High fives. You know what?
You're hard negotiators. Come on, let's go.
-It's a bright start.
-Onwards and upwards, Charles.
The Reds have their first item in the bag, and in under ten minutes.
Are the Blues any closer to finding theirs?
Oh, look at the working on that, that's rather lovely. It is very intricate, isn't it?
It is. It's known as filigree work and actually,
the Continental silversmiths are very good at filigree work.
Europeans, and in the Far East, actually.
But this is Danish and if we take it out,
it's from that lovely Art Deco period.
It's the amount of work that's gone into it that I like.
And you'd wear that, wouldn't you?
I would actually, yes, I would wear something like that.
What a nice gift for somebody, you see.
A lucky four-leaf clover, as well.
Lucky four-leaf clover! It's got to be good, hasn't it?
-Let me just see if there's any marks on it.
Because it would be really nice if we've got...
Yeah, there we go, that's what we're looking for.
So, this is what collectors really like to see.
In the middle there, you can see sterling, Denmark, and then the initials,
H and then GR, for Hugo Grun.
So he's the designer working in Copenhagen in the really early part
of the 20th-century. So looking at about the 1920s here.
-It's very nice, isn't it?
-I like that. Yeah.
Do you think you ought to strike while the iron is hot
-if you like it?
-I think so.
What could you do on that for us?
-It's 36 on that.
I can go down to 25 for you.
I think you've got a fighting chance at that.
What is going to do the business is that name.
-The name on it.
-Shake the lady's hand.
-Thank you very much.
15 minutes in, that's buy number one for the Blues.
-Now the Reds are going to brave the weather to find their
-Look at this!
The sun is shining again. Let's have a look at what's out here.
Exactly right. Follow me.
Meanwhile, back inside, the Blues have lost a team-mate.
-Where has Graham gone?
-Have we lost him?
-We've lost him already.
-It doesn't take long.
-Oh, there he is, the Lone Ranger,
just without his horse.
But he has found something.
See that there?
That to me is something old.
-And I love things like that.
And treasured. Somebody's used that.
-That's what I like, something like that.
Old, wooden, plain.
-I can't really add anything to that.
No, you can't, can you? I can leave it.
Leave it. I'm not sure about it.
But you've had your choice.
-I have had my choice.
-That's the sort of thing which I really like,
which is old, like myself, it's old, but as I say,
which I think I can imagine my father using, my grandfather using,
and that sort of thing. That's my emergency.
-Do you want to keep it as an emergency?
-That's the emergency.
I love the fact that you are drawn so much to this.
These things which I do, anything old.
Let's keep looking. Come on, then.
So, Graham's looking for an antiquity.
Is this a change of strategy?
What happened to that sports item?
Now, how are the Reds shaping up?
This stand looks quite interesting.
Let's have a look.
What's this? You hold that one there for me.
-Let's have a look at that.
-That's heavier than I thought it would be.
Now, gents, I think I recognise... Who's that?
That is Noddy.
Exactly. And actually, the reason I'm drawn to this pottery mould,
I think probably mid-20th century, 1950s, golden age...
-..for toy production.
But also, look at what's inscribed there.
Chad Valley was one of the most important toy manufacturers in the
-Yeah, in the Midlands.
-What's nice about this is one wonders how many
Noddys came out of this mould, probably in plastic...
-..all those years ago.
What use will it be put to other than decorative?
You're not going to make more Noddys.
No, you're not, but actually, to a toy collector,
it's the birth of Noddy...
-..from an iconic time.
Impressed with your mould?
I'm very impressed with my mould.
-I really like it.
The really important question we are asking now is, what's the provenance?
It came from the Chad Valley factory in Wellington when it closed down.
What sort of figure are we looking at?
I've got 45 on that one.
What would be your best on it?
-I'll do 30.
-That's your bottom line.
-That's a good price.
-Do you know what? Definitely.
It almost belongs in a museum, this,
and if a museum locks horns with a serious toy enthusiast who loves
Chad Valley, it could move.
It's got the name, it's got the provenance.
I might say going...
Gone! Sold. Thank you.
Shake his hand.
The Reds have both nodded in agreement.
We're almost flying quite high here.
I think we've got to look for the big one now.
The piece, the statement piece.
-So, it's second item in the bag after 20 minutes.
Back inside, and have the Blues found their second item?
Now, that's just a proper hat and coat stand, isn't it?
It is, isn't it? You said you wanted something practical.
Something useful. That's useful.
So, there is a little backplate that I guess fitted like that.
Now, it's unfortunate there is a bad split in that,
but it's an old thing.
I would say, typically, that's Edwardian.
-Yes, I thought...
-Looking at the moulding on it.
Well, hey, let's not hang about. Shall we go and ask?
Why not? Here you go, Jane, you take it.
Would you go for ten?
Seeing as there's a split on the...
-11, and that's the deal.
-11 would be the best.
-I'd have it in my house.
-I'd pay for that, I would, too.
-Shall we go for it?
-Your eyes are shining, Jane, you love this.
I do, I love it, I love it.
-Yes. Let's do it.
-Let's do it.
-We'll do it, thank you very much.
Yes, please. Super, thank you.
The Blues have hooked their second purchase.
-You don't hang about.
25 minutes in, they're racing along.
But where are the Reds?
What about these?
Simon, what's that?
Yes, I can see why you'd like them, Trevor.
Well, I'm a tea merchant and I like tea.
And I like coffee as well.
Potentially as a pair.
Though it is striking, what I love is more the hot water jug or perhaps
-the coffee pot.
In that, look at the handle, it's so angular, it's so Art Deco.
The form is nice,
the almost domed shape represents those emerging skyscrapers of the
-early 20th century as well.
-It's Bakelite handle.
Chrome plate. Have a cup of tea, there you go.
-Have a cup of tea.
-I might need something stronger, Charles.
-What do you think?
-I'm not crazy about it.
-I don't know.
-You're not crazy in love.
-I'm not crazy in love.
-What do you think at auction?
They are both priced at £43.
You'll want to buy both of them, I feel.
-I mean, I've got £86 on the pair.
I could do 65, would that be acceptable?
-Too much, yeah.
-We'll leave them for now.
-Thank you for your time.
-I wish you well.
Thank you! Come on, gents.
Hopefully, something else will perk up the Reds.
How come you get to wear a nice suit?
Good question, Simon.
Inside, Kate's found something that might tip the balance for the Blues.
I know you wanted something useful,
and I don't know whether this will appeal to you, Graham,
but think about that set of scales there.
Oh, I look at that and I see cleaning.
-I look at that and think, somebody's going to have to clean that.
-What sort of price is on that?
I think she said about 90 or...
It is quite a nice quality one.
-I can see you're not sold on that.
OK. Come on, then.
Nice try, Kate. I wonder how Charles is getting on with the Red team.
It's fairly plain sailing at the moment.
They believe in me.
But come the auction, the joy might be out.
But we are doing very well.
I predict a profit so far, but we need that big, inspired last buy.
Gents, come on, let's go on.
40 minutes gone now and Kate might have found something that will
appeal to former jockey Graham.
There's a little something in here.
Do you see that little brooch in here with the horse's head on it?
-Is that your sort of thing, Graham?
It's actually a little... Yeah, it's a little brooch.
Right, let's ask the stallholder to release the stable door.
-That is sweet, isn't it?
It's the sort of thing you would buy as a present for someone.
I mean, irrespective of your interests, Graham,
there are a lot of horsey people out there.
-Of course there are.
-And that's a really lovely, neat design.
Kate, that is super.
Could this be their second silver brooch?
This has been cast in a mould where they've poured the silver in and
then they've cast it. It's got the hallmark there.
-What could you do?
-Because we're on our last item, we are.
-We desperately need this.
-I've got 38 on it. I'd do 30.
How about 25?
28, but that really is it.
It's quality and we've been looking for something this afternoon like
that and we've got it. Can we shake your hand on that?
-There we go. Thank you.
-Thank you very much.
The Blues have galloped ahead and finished with 15 minutes left on the clock.
-Well done. Come on, this way.
-Cup of tea time, isn't it?
-A cup of tea!
They've flown through the shop.
Now, are the Reds ready to do the same?
We're in RAF territory round here, RAF Cosford down the road.
-Of course we are.
-What's it made out of?
-Is it brass?
-It is brass.
Now, what plane is that?
Now, I'd have that on my desk.
It is quite crudely cast, the detail isn't overly clever,
but it's all there. I'd have thought it's probably 1960s, 1970s.
-How much is it?
-18 on it.
-£18 on the ticket.
Right. I mean, you might fly high with it.
Simon, what do you think about it?
I like it. It's honest, it looks good from a discreet distance.
It does, actually. And also, don't forget,
there's many old gentlemen out there who remember flying these.
What would you put it in your saleroom for?
So if we get it for between five and ten, at the end of the day...
-More towards five.
-Shall we make an offer on it?
Yeah. Well, we have got ten minutes left.
-We could have a word.
-Let's see what the stallholder's got to say.
Aircraft with propellers, what's the best on that?
Well, the very lowest would be 15 quid.
Oh, we would be looking at ten at the most.
-What if we bought the other one, too?
I could do the two for 20 quid.
Two for 20 - Charles, what do you think about that?
-There's another one.
It's not identical, it's not matching by any degree,
but it's another similar...
-And for the two together?
So, that's an £8 drop on the combined price for both aeroplanes.
I think, when you go online and use search words like Mosquito and
Spitfire, you'll bring in a huge array of buyers.
And I would say, for £20, it's not a lot.
-Shake his hand.
-All right. £20 for them both.
a two-for-one deal completes the Reds' shop with ten minutes spare.
With both teams now bought up, I am calling time.
Now it's time for refreshments.
Come on, cup of tea.
Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
Firstly, they are hoping this star pendant will light up the profit.
Next, they gave this Noddy mould the nod for £30.
And, finally, will these two mid-20th century warplanes
fly at auction? £20 paid for both.
So, gentlemen, I think there was some measured spending here today, yes?
-I think we kept it under control, didn't we, Trevor?
Let me ask you, Simon, your favourite item?
The starry, Sputniky lamp that we bought, our first purchase.
-Very happy with that.
-Tell me, of the three items that you did purchase,
which is the one that you think may give you the biggest profit?
-I would say the lamp.
What about you, Trevor? Your favourite?
The aeroplanes, I think they'd look good on anybody's desk.
In a study or office, or at work.
Of the three, which do you think is going to give you the biggest profit?
I would say the lamp, financially.
-Well, financially, how much did you spend?
We spent £65, out of 300.
All I'm interested in is £235.
I am sorry, Father, we spend so little.
But my intentions are now to spend big, and go for the big object,
at the big price, to really impress you.
So, while Charles goes off for an impressive Bonus Buy,
let's remind ourselves what the Blue team bought.
First, they're hoping to strike it lucky
on this Danish four-leaf clover brooch. £25 paid.
Next, they spent £11 on this Edwardian hat and coat hook.
And finally, the horse lovers bagged this second themed brooch for £28.
Well, I was quite impressed with you, Blues, because, to a
large extent, you stuck very closely to what you set out to.
-Kate, from your point of view?
You can tell these two have been together for 35 years,
because they are quite a team.
Tell me, Jane, what's your favourite item?
Favourite item was the hat and coat hook.
It ticked the boxes, it was useful.
-I think it was also lovely.
-Tell me, of the three,
which do you think is going to make the biggest profit?
-Hat and coat hook.
OK. Graham, what about your favourite object?
My horse brooch.
And is the sort of thing I would have bought anyway.
What of the three is going to give you the biggest profit?
Coat hanger. As I say, it's old and it's unique.
So, how much did you spend?
We spent £64 in the end.
Which means you're going to give me £236.
So, anything caught your eye, Kate?
Well, possibly. Something a little bit shiny,
but it's certainly of quality.
So, while Kate goes off to search for her Bonus Buy,
I'm going underground.
But that's all...top secret.
Deep in the heart of this Cheshire countryside is a military bunker
that stands out a reminder of one of the most perilous periods in recent
After the Second World War, tensions between the Soviet Union and America over nuclear weapons ran high.
It will not reduce our need for arms, or allies.
There was a real fear of this...
A nuclear attack.
As allies of America, Britain took urgent steps to protect itself.
In 1976, the Ministry of Defence
turned this World War II radar station into
a regional government headquarters, at a cost of £32 million.
40 years on, these rooms and corridors, set deep below ground,
are still a stark reminder of those dark days.
The Cold War bunker is now a museum, and I've come to meet Lucy Siebert,
whose parents bought it in 1995.
I'm intrigued to find out why your parents would want to buy
a nuclear bunker, of all things.
Well, Dad had an interest in nuclear defence,
and he collected military vehicles.
So he came across this and decided that bunkers were the thing for him.
He bought it and we moved in in '96, and we opened the museum in '98.
So, you actually lived in this place for a year?
We did, we lived here for a little time while we were trying to set it
up, because when the Ministry of Defence left,
they completely gutted it.
So, we had to put together an entire tourist attraction, a whole museum,
in order to open to the public.
So, how important was this bunker then, when it was actually in use?
It was absolutely vital to the defence of the nation.
In the eventuality of an attack or an emergency,
the Queen and Parliament would been dissolved of power and the running
of the country would have filtered down into the regional headquarters,
of which there were 12,
and we controlled a huge swathe of the north-west.
And we would have made sure the public survived.
While devastation and chaos would have taken hold outside, inside,
key decision-makers would be organising the rebuilding of the country -
its roads, water supply, food, shelter and medical aid.
There were enough resources for 161 people to survive down here for
three months. But, believe it or not, there were only 40 beds.
How does that work?
I'll give it a try.
Warning of an attack could come at any time.
So, imagine if there was a real nuclear attack.
What would have been the procedure?
First thing that would happen would be the primary war headquarters at
High Wycombe would see that a missile is incoming.
Then they have two minutes to decide what they're going to do -
to attack, or how they're going to defend.
They would have told the other 11 bunkers,
then we would have alerted our base here and then, from there, the public.
They have four minutes to get in their shelter and wait for an
The procedure for warning the public within those four minutes was simple -
operatives would arm the system and flick the switch to attack mode.
System powers up.
And then it would set off the sirens,
and everybody would hear them across the nation.
Just how people would react to hearing that...
-Would be pretty terrifying.
-Yeah, wouldn't it just.
By 1993, the threat of nuclear attack had dissipated
and the bunker was declassified.
Today, it still serves as a reminder of how Britain prepared itself
for the worst possible outcome.
Now we're off to auction and today we've come to Whitchurch in Shropshire.
And with me is the auctioneer Christina Trevelyan.
-Lovely to see you.
-Lovely to see you too, thanks for coming.
Pleasure. Let's start with our Red team.
Our Red team, Simon and Trevor.
Their first item is this sort of very fashionable and somewhat
contemporary star-shaped shade.
It's obviously got no real age, has it?
-Well, to be honest with you, if it still had a barcode on it, I wouldn't be surprised.
-What do you want me to say?
I'm not really an expert in modern light fittings.
I've put £20 to £30 on it.
They paid £15 for it.
-So, item number two, their second purchase.
The mould for making as many Noddys as you would wish.
I think, to a toy collector or toy enthusiast,
I think it would be an interesting thing.
It's a talking point, isn't it?
-I mean, I've sort of said £20 to £30.
They paid £30 for it.
But, in all fairness, try and find me another.
Well, yes, this is true.
Who's to say? Their third purchase, these two aeroplanes.
Yes. Got this wonderful elliptical wing on the Spitfire,
which was just so evocative.
I think they're nice, they're great desk pieces.
I don't think they've got a particularly huge amount of age to them.
No. So, estimate?
£40 to £60.
OK. That's good news. They paid £20 for them.
-Oh, well, that's not bad.
So, whether they will need it or not,
let's have a look at their Bonus Buy.
So, Simon and Trevor,
you left our Charles here a stonking £235 to go out and play with.
Charles, reveal all.
I found this box.
You're intellectual men and you might fancy a game of...bridge.
-Do you play bridge?
-What's it made out of?
it's beautifully embossed and has this wonderful, rustic...
Evocative of a decade and period of around 1910.
Of course, to me, it's very striking and stylish.
What do you think?
I don't play bridge.
I don't know many people who do, these days.
It's a return to nature and a return to craftsmanship.
So, Simon, what do you think?
I think it's very attractive for those who are drawn to the arts
and crafts. Obviously quality.
It wasn't cheap.
-Well, it cost me 235.
It's quite a rash buy. But, at the same time...
That's the encouragement we need, Charles.
It will either make 60 or make £400.
In the meantime, let's find out what the auctioneer had to say about
Charles's bridge box.
So, this is what Charles bought.
Good man, I love this.
It's just so Art Nouveau, isn't it?
These wonderful, sinuous whiplash lines all over it.
It's beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
I just can't fault it.
So, Christina, your estimate?
£80 to £120 on it.
I have to say, Charles spent £235.
-Let's keep our fingers crossed for that one.
-Let's move on to our Blue team.
This is Jane and Graham.
Their first item is a silver four-leaf clover brooch.
All that little wire-work around the petals, the leaves of the clover,
the shamrock, you've got there, it's just exquisite.
It really is, really pretty. I like it an awful lot.
Danish, Scandinavian jewellery,
very, very popular at the moment, and we do have a good,
strong buyers' market for it.
I put an estimate of £30 to £50 on it.
Good start for the Blues, because they paid £25.
-So, our second purchase is this rather interesting treen.
You're going to hang up a hat or maybe a coat.
Exactly. It's wonderfully evocative, isn't it,
of the time when you would come home from your office and you would put
your hat on one and your coat on the other.
The condition, unfortunately, does leave a lot to be desired.
We've got quite a bit of splitting here, unfortunately.
But nonetheless, very good-looking.
-I've put an estimate of £20 to £30 on it.
OK, again, a good buy at £11.
Oh, very good buy, yes.
Wow, the Blues are on fire.
Third item, another piece of silver jewellery, with two horses' heads.
Are we in horsey territory?
We are, very much so, yes.
We live in quite a rural little community and there is a lot of
interest in equestrian items.
Not particularly old, but, again, it's really quite wearable.
What is your estimate on this?
I think we're looking at £20 to £30.
OK, well, they paid 28.
So, they're in with a chance.
-I'd say so.
-So, it strikes me that the Blues have bought quite well today.
Having said that,
I think it's as well that we have a look at their Bonus Buy.
So, Jane and Graham, you left Kate £236.
Kate, you were talking shiny, you were talking quality.
-Would you like to reveal?
And it's all those things. Look at that.
-Ooh. Pretty and shiny.
-That's nice, isn't it?
Yes, it is.
-That is very nice.
So, it is a little silver jug, but it has a few features
I think just make it a little bit more special.
It's got a bit of character to it.
It has indeed.
It's a period decorative thing, it's late Victorian in date.
We can see exactly when it was made,
because we've got clear hallmarks here and the maker here.
It's Atkin Brothers, based in Sheffield in the late 19th century.
It's a jolly good weight, too.
-Feel the weight of that.
-Is it a cream jug?
-So, how much did you pay for it?
So, I paid £70.
-I think, at auction, I would say certainly 50 to 70,
but I do think it's got a chance of making a profit.
It's not your average little cream jug.
Yeah, I'm dead chuffed with that. Well done.
That's a really good choice.
In the meantime, let's find out what the auctioneer has to say about
Kate's pretty silver jug.
So, here's Kate's Bonus Buy.
Christina, how do you rate that?
Isn't it sweet? Obviously from the great silversmithing town of Sheffield,
very high Victorian with these wonderful garland swags here.
I've been quite modest at £30 to £50.
Kate went and paid £70 for it.
I'm probably being very mean.
I think it will probably go top end of that. It's a good looking thing.
OK, who's going to be taking the auction?
At 75? 75 I have.
Thank you, at £75.
So, how are we feeling, boys?
-A bit apprehensive.
We've bought quality, I think.
With Charles's help.
Some might think this is another day in court for you two.
I feel like I'm in court, like I'm being judged.
-This is the verdict coming now.
So, your first item's about to come up.
You paid £15 for this.
Fingers crossed, we're just about to find out.
The contemporary star form glass light fitting.
Bid me £20 for it?
How much are they in the department stores?
Give me 15, then? Let's go for £15.
Give me 15, surely somebody needs a star like that?
Ten, then? Thank you for £10.
-£10, come on.
-I'm looking for 12, but I will take ten.
We're all done at £10.
That was yours.
That's your fault.
15, sold for ten, minus £5.
Not the end of the world.
OK. So, your next items coming up is your Chad Valley Noddy mould.
You paid £30 for it.
The really rather unusual Chad Valley Noddy mould.
Bid me £20 for it?
£20 for this.
25 I have already online.
-You watch this move.
-At £25 I have.
And 30 with you, sir, thank you.
At £30 I have.
Where's five? Five at 30, 35.
Thank you. 40, sir?
Go on. Yes, back at £40.
At £40 I have.
45, sir, against you.
45, thank you.
At £45, if we're all done, at 45.
Well done, boys.
OK, you paid 30, done plus 15.
You were minus 5, so you're now in plus £10.
OK, well done. Here's your third lot.
It's the two brass model aeroplanes.
You paid £20 for them. Let's see if they'll fly.
Good-looking lot here, two of them here in the lot for £30 only,
bid me 30. At 30?
30 I have. 35?
40? 40 I have, thank you.
At £40 standing, at 40, where's five?
At £40 I have in the room, looking for 45 now.
At £40, if we are all done, then, selling to you, sir, at £40.
-OK, happy with that.
Well done, boys.
£20 spent, £40 received, £20 profit.
-That's good news.
-It leaves you now in a positive £30, OK?
-Taking home money.
-But we haven't finished yet,
because we have the option of the Bonus Buy,
which is the Art Nouveau copper bridge box.
Now, Charles did pay £235 for this.
We need a decision. Yes or no?
-Thank you anyway, Charles.
-Thank you very much!
Christina's valuation was £80 to £120.
But auctioneers don't always get it right.
Let's just watch and see exactly where this one goes to.
Now is the absolutely super looking Art Nouveau copper bridge box,
-Interest here with me at £80.
-My commission bidder here, at £80.
Give me five. At 80, 85.
90 with my commission bidder, online at 90 here.
Where's five? At £90, 95, 100 I have online.
-At £100 I have.
I'm still 135 down.
110 is bid. Give me 120.
At £110 I have.
120 is bid. Where is 130?
The internet, £120.
Online at £130 now.
-At 130, where's 140?
At 130. 140.
My goodness. Against you all at £140.
You've got to gamble sometimes. The gamble has not paid off.
You can hang me, OK?
Well, if you had have gone with it, you would have suffered a £95 loss.
So, the final total was plus £30.
Could be a winning score. Either way, not a word to those Blues.
-How are we feeling? Come on, tell me.
-That's a happy mix, isn't it, Kate?
Your first item is about to come up, that Danish silver brooch.
You paid £25 for it.
And it's coming up now.
I'm bid... What am I bid?
25, 30, £35 straightaway with me online at £35.
Looking for 40. And 40, and five.
45 and 50, and five, against you, sir.
Thank you, anyway, at £55.
65 online, £65.
70 with you, madam.
Room bidder. 80 online, madam.
Go five? 85.
And 90. And five.
I'm looking for 100, but I will sell to my room bidder at £95.
You've just made yourself £70.
Your next item's coming up.
It's that interesting coat and hat hook stand, and it's coming up now.
Interest here with my commission bidder,
starting at £20 with my commission bidder, at £20.
Where's five? At £20 I have.
25, and 30.
And five, I'm out.
At £35 with the lady, 35, looking for 40 now.
At £35, with the lady seated at 35.
-£35, and I will sell at 35.
It's getting better, isn't it?
You paid 11, 35, so plus 24.
You are now in plus £94.
Your next lot is coming up, that's the silver double-head horse head
-This is what I love.
-Let's see what happens.
Smart looking thing for you there. Birmingham, 1948.
I've got £20 with me on commission here, at £20.
Where's two? At £20 I have, looking for a horsey person here.
22, 25, 28.
My commission bid is out at £28.
In the room at 28. Looking for 30 now.
30 is online.
35 in the room.
40 online. 45 in the room.
In the room, with the lady, at £45 looking for 50 now.
At £45, if you're all done, I will sell to my room bidder at 45.
I just wish you'd come out of your shell a bit more. Oh, dear. OK.
So that tells me that you are £17 worth of profit on that one.
That gives us a total of £111.
Chuffed. Absolutely brilliant.
Listen, it's not entirely over,
because you've got the option of a Bonus Buy.
Kate paid £70 for that lovely silver jug.
It's a matter of whether or not you want to stick or whether
you want to gamble.
-Either way, it's coming up now.
The Victorian silver jug.
Bid me £20 for it.
£20 for the silver jug?
20 I have. 25 here against you, internet.
30 I have. Thank you.
At £30, internet bidder at 30.
Where's five? 35 I have on this platform.
Against you, will you go 40?
I'm looking for £40.
I will sell, make no mistake, to my internet bidder at £35.
-That's a steal.
You said no, it was the right decision.
So you've ended up with a positive £111.
-We are absolutely chuffed.
-Now, listen, not a word to anybody.
Well, teams, have we had a good time?
-And you've not been speaking to one another?
Of course not.
Good, good, good.
Well, there's good news all round, actually,
-because both teams have made a profit.
But one team has made more of a profit than the other.
So, let me tell you that today's runners-up
-are the Red team.
Listen, fellas, either way, you ended up with a £30 profit.
Thank you very much.
So, many a time that has been a winning score.
But turning to the Blue team, listen to this, Reds,
because the Blue team have made a storming £111.
Well done to this lady as well.
There we go. But the icing on the cake has to be the fact that you
made a profit on all your three purchases,
which means that you get the much-coveted Golden Gavel.
-Gosh, well done.
-Round of applause, everybody.
-Well done you.
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